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ERIC Number: EJ1019258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Bamboo Shoots after the Rain: Development and Challenges of Autism Intervention in China
McCabe, Helen
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v17 n5 p510-526 Sep 2013
The purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of autism intervention in China, including history, progress, and current challenges. This qualitative research study included interviews with experienced professionals and observation at autism intervention organizations. Analysis of this empirical data led to three themes regarding this field. First, the development of the field can be described using the Chinese expression, "mozhe shitou guohe" (feeling stones to cross the river). Owing to limited exposure to outside information, methods are often created independent of research-based best practices. Second, autism intervention in China has had a strong, and until recently, almost exclusive, focus on young children. Finally, there are continued challenges to providing effective services that relate to the desires of parents and professionals to provide "more"; a focus on quantity may be preventing a focus on quality. The article concludes with an analysis of the findings and practical implications that may be used by practitioners or scholars planning to do work in China.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A